5 Beauty Essentials and Why You Should Be Using Them Daily

Whether you’re a beauty guru or someone who just wants to highlight some natural features and take care of your skin, there are some essentials everyone should be using. This doesn’t mean you have to go out to Sephora or Ulta and spend hundreds of dollars on makeup and skincare products, though. When using these beauty basics, you don’t have to spend much to look and feel your best.

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Prom Recap 2017

My senior prom has come and gone, so I thought I’d share it with you.

I think my favorite thing about prom is the pampering before hand and the mini photoshoot that occurs when we take pictures. I got my nails and hair done, but did my own makeup.

Here’s some pictures from the night:

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Spring Try-on Haul 2017 | Update Your Preppy Wardrobe

Hello friends!

This is a different kind of blog post from other ones that I’ve done because this is in collaboration with a YouTube video I made on my BRAND NEW CHANNEL. So watch the video below, then read on so you can update your wardrobe with some of my favorite spring outfits!

** Disclaimer: I do work at Vineyard Vines, one of the stores featured in this haul, but this is not a sponsored post or video. I am not receiving any compensation for this and my thoughts and opinions are my own**

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New Season, New Closet: Your Guide to Keep it Clean

With fall in full swing, you might be finding your closet a little cramped. Have no fear, More Than Prep in Your Step is here to help! Follow this guide to ensure that your closet is ready for any winter fashions that might find their way to you this holiday season.


Go through your closet and get rid of any clothes you don’t wear. 

Don’t be easy on yourself, if you haven’t worn a shirt in a year or the tags are still on it after months, chances are you’re not gonna be wearing that shirt so give it up.

Check to see if there are any thrift stores in your area that will buy your clothes, otherwise donate them.

Invest in some organizational essentials.

In my closet, I have a special hanger specifically for scarves and one specifically for belts.


I also have hanging shelves where I keep my work clothes, tank tops, and extra bags.


I also have a nice little metal shelving unit that rests on my floor to keep my shoes organized and ready to be put on at a moments notice.


I keep my necklaces on command hooks on the inside of my closet door. It’s easy access and not too bad of a mess even when it’s totally unorganized (like it is in the picture).


For the rest of my jewelry, I have a little wooden dresser looking thing of sorts. Basically it has a bunch of small drawers that are the perfect size for bracelets and earrings. They can be purchased for low prices here.

Wherever you do your makeup, keep it clean. 

I am fortunate enough to have a small walk-in closet big enough to house my dresser. My dresser also has a mirror attached to it so I do my makeup there. I’ve lined my lotions and perfumes on one side, keeping my makeup mostly in a small, decorative, bucket on the other side.


While we’re talking about makeup, I might as well mention it: keep your brushes clean too.

Mary Kay Brush Cleaner is my go-to and it’s a miracle worker. I had a liquid foundation brush that was a hot mess. Scratch that, it was a regular mess. After a good bit of work, and the magic that is Mary Kay Brush Cleaner, it’s good as new.

The tips were broad, but they work for me. Have something you think this list is missing? Add it in the comments! What do you think is the biggest problem in closet organization and how do you solve it?


Top 10 Must Haves from the Lilly Pulitzer Holiday Gift Guide

While doing some online window shopping, I came across Lilly Pulitzer’s Gift Resort 365 Gift Guide and fell in love. Lilly Pulitzer is one of those brands every preppy wardrobe needs. So without further ado, let’s jump into the Top 10 Must Haves from the Lilly Pulitzer Holiday Gift Guide.


  • 1 of 10 top items from Lilly Pulitzer's Resort 365 Gift Guide. Find all the holiday must haves on More Than Prep in Your Step.
    The cutest cosmetic bag around. This bag makes it to the list for the cute pattern options and functionality to make it thrive with any preppy girl.



1 of 10 top items from Lilly pulitzer's Resort 365 Gift Guide. Find all the holiday must haves on More Than Prep in Your Step.
Vests, vests, and more vests! This puffy vest with gold zipper and tassel comes in navy or pink.
Keep the beach in mind all year-long with this shell inspired necklace. Perfect for almost any neckline.

Breezy Long Layer Necklace $68

Use this necklace as a longer layer to add to a shorter necklace. Keep a plain shirt fun with this necklace and another, or not.
  • shirt
    This shirt is a personal favorite. between the pattern and the cut, I’m in love!


In either of these three designs, you’re most used accessory (your phone) will never be out of style. Lilly Pulitzer provides a classy and classic cover for your never leave home without tech. 





This pillow is perfect for your bedroom or dorm room. Not a fan of the pineapples? Don’t worry, there’s plenty more patterns.
    • dress-1
      A dress with pockets, need I say more? The perfect long sleeve dress for those cold, winter days.
  • Stay Hydrated!
      • tumbler
        Stay hydrated in style with your favorite Lilly pattern. Who needs a Yeti when you have Lilly?
      • thermal-mug
        What makes or breaks your morning? Coffee! Drink the caffeine in style with this travel mug. 
    • planner
      With stickers and pretty monthly themes, it’s not only easy, but fun to keep organized with the Lilly Pulitzer planner. Add it to your list today in your favorite Lilly pattern.

Hopefully this helped you to build your wish list or holiday shopping cart. For more ideas see my Kate Spade Holiday Gift Guide. Happy HOLLAdays!


Top 10 gifts from the Kate Spade Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are right around the corner! One of the most exciting and often most stressful things about the holidays are presents. Whether you’re buying or wish-listing, read on to find some of the perfect holiday gifts from one of my favorite brands. Warning: Kate Spade is possibly my favorite brand ever, so I’m incredibly biased, but the products speak for themselves.

**This list is in no particular order**


1.Three Piece Stud Set

This set of three earrings are absolutely adorable and perfect for any jewelry collection. Gold and sparkly, what more can a girl ask for? Find it here: https://goo.gl/yqukrg for $88.00.

2. Forever Mini Initial Ring

Some of the best gifts are those that are personalized. This ring, adorning the wearers first initial,  is a perfect, simple, accessory to any outfit. Ringing out at only $32.00, no wishlist or shopping cart is complete without it. Find it here: https://goo.gl/7zDpgk

3. Light Up The Room Scented Candle

One of my favorite things about winter is curling up inside with a fire or a nice candle (when the fireplace just seems like too much work), hot chocolate, and a good book (or Netflix). The perfect candle for that winter scenario is Kate Spade’s light up the room scented candle. There’s plenty of other designs too if the dots aren’t quite your style. Find it here: https://goo.gl/az0wZAfor $40.00.

4. Gold Dots Thermal Mug

Whether you’re in high school or college, coffee is a morning necessity. What better way to drink coffee than in style? This classic mug will keep your choice of caffeinated beverage warm on your way to class or school in general. For $18.00 it can be a great stocking stuffer. Find it here: https://goo.gl/87S7Hi. If you’re not the biggest fan of the gold dots, you can get the same great mug in gold stripes for the same price here: https://goo.gl/GpNzCC.

5. Shadow Dot Pastry Pink PJ Set

I don’t know about you, but I always struggle on pajama themed spirit days because I mostly wear sweats and t-shirts to bed. When I actually have matching pj’s to sleep in, I feel like I have my life together — kind of like when your underwear and bra match. This pj set from Kate Spade, like all of her products, will leave you sleeping in style. Bonus: You’ll be the cutest on pajama day or at any pajama themed events. Find it here for $88.00:https://goo.gl/kUNq7h

6. Mohair Blend Beanie

Depending on where you live, December through even March can be the coldest of the cold. One of the most essential accessories for these months are hats. Kate Spade has you covered with this fashionable beanie. Whether you’re in high school or college, investing or wishlisting this now is a good idea to keep you warm and healthy throughout the winter. It can be yours for $58.00 and can be found here: https://goo.gl/UV2267

7. Born to Be Pendant

This is another personalized gift. One of the most used categories for people is the month in which you were born. This pendant includes your birthstone and is a versatile must to add to your collection of necklaces. Find it here: https://goo.gl/ocWRFz for $58.00.

8. Scallop Metro Watch

Scalloped anything is a huge trend; from shorts to skirts and dresses to even this watch, it spices up the simplest of pieces. While watches have become less and less prominent with the introduction of smartphones and Fitbits, sometimes the classis accessory is necessary. And if you’re gonna have  watch, you might as well make it designer and adorable. Kate Spade can help you out with that here: https://goo.gl/64oCnS for $195.00.

9. Cameron Street Lacy

Wallets and purses are possibly what Kate Spade is most famous for so what would this holiday list be without a wallet? With plenty of room and 10 different color options, The Cameron Street Lacy is a perfect wishlist addition. For $188.00 find it here: https://goo.gl/nO0djD

10. Cedar Street Maise

What better place to keep your cute new wallet than in your adorable new purse? This bag is small enough to take anywhere, but large enough to keep all of your daily essentials. Bonus: for only $10.00 more you can monogram it! Find it here:https://goo.gl/0fjyNf for $298.00.

Obviously there’s so much more great stuff in this year’s gift guide, but these are just a few of my favorites. Add them to your wishlist or be the best gift giver ever and make one a present.

Think I missed one that’s a must-have? Mention it in the comments!



Fabulous Fashionista: November Must-Haves

As the first days of November tick away, the temperature drops to the perfect fall weather. New weather means new clothes, which if you’re like me, is the most exciting part of a new season. So what are some of this season’s must have items?

Vests, vests, and more vests

Whether it’s Herringbone, puffy, or fleece, a vest is a timeless trend — like most preppy trends — that will never go out of style. this trend is one of the more versatile ones; light enough for the barely chilly fall weather, yet warm enough when layered with the right shirt to withstand the most snow day worthy winter storms. Bonus: vests are the perfect article of clothing to monogram and I don’t know about you, but I monogram anything I can.

Duck/Bean Boots

Bean Boots

With the perfect boots for fall and winter, L.L. Bean, pulled off a timeless classic with their famous Bean Boots. While these boots can be hard to come by (they get ridiculously back-ordered every year) they are totally and completely worth it. They’re cute enough to wear everyday but warm enough to withstand rain, end or beginning of year chill, and snow. For my northern readers, these are a must. Just a by the way, you can monogram these too.

Rain Boots

Rain Boots


With an abundance of rainy days throughout the fall and snow in the winter, rain boots are another must. Hunter is one popular brand with quality to match their reputation; however, they can be a bit pricey with their classic tall, black, boot at $150. Personally, I went for an alternative: Helly Hansen. These boots appear to have been discontinued, but the point is, if you’re on a budget or just unwilling to pay $150 for rain boots, any rain boots will rock in the less than shiny weather.

Rain Jacket

rain jackets


These are another essential to weather the horrific fall weather on those oh so gloomy days. In any color, I like the New Englander style with (of course) your monogram. The great thing about rain jackets is they not only protect from the rain, but they’re a cute addition to leggings or jeans.




I know, the shoes are plentiful in this post, but who doesn’t love shoes? Booties are a perfect shoe for almost any outfit: jeans, leggings, skirts, dresses, booties will go with all.

Some great stores that perfectly accommodate your shoe shopping are Nordstrom, DSW, Lulus, and even Charlotte Russe.

Necklaces, Earrings, and Bracelets, OH MY!

november accessories


From statement necklaces, monograms, and pearls, there’s always a reason to accessorize — and the perfect accessory to do it with. Personally, I tend to favor a statement necklace whenever possible, but sometimes going subtle is the way to go.

There’s so many options when it comes to accessories, but some fun fall trends to try are blanket scarves, and layering necklaces.

For example, a trend resurfacing from the ’90s and early 2000s is the choker. You can easily pair this with a longer necklace for a uniquely fabulous look.

Another popular option is the timeless monogram necklace; in silver or gold it never fails to spice up the simplest of shirts and dresses.

When it comes to bracelets, Alex and Ani never fail. I recommend wearing three to four together.

Lastly, earrings. My favorite pair that go with anything are hoops. In silver or gold you can match them seamlessly with your other accessories.

Those are the basic necessities for November as I see it. Wanna add something? Leave a comment!